STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WITH ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS) INFECTION

The St. Tammany Parish School Board recognizes the importance of protecting the health and welfare of students, teachers, and other employees of the educational system from the spread of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The following policy statements will be reviewed and revised regularly to reflect current medical research and legal opinion.

No infected student will be denied an education solely by reason of infection with AIDS or ARC (AIDS Related Complex). For purposes of this policy, an "Infected Person," shall be defined as any person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), or Aids Related Complex (ARC) according to criteria recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, or any person who has tested positive for the AIDS virus (HIV or HTLV-III) by both a screening (EIA) and confirmatory (Western Blot) test. Parents or guardians of infected students shall inform appropriate school officials of the infection so that proper precautions for the protection of other students, employees, and the infected student can be taken.

The decision as to the ability of St. Tammany Parish School Board personnel with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) infection to perform their duties will be handled on an individual case-by-case basis by a team composed of the employee, designated school administrators, and the employee's physician, district medical consultants and/or public health personnel. Decisions regarding the type of educational and care setting for HTLV-III/LAV-infected children should be based on the behavior, neurological development, and physical condition of the child and the expected type of interaction with others in that setting. These decisions are best made using the team approach including the child's physician, school health and public health personnel, the child's parent or guardian, and personnel associated with the proposed care or educational setting. In each case, risks and benefits to both the infected child and to others in the setting should be weighed.

Specific administrative guidelines will be maintained for district personnel and/or students with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) infection. Routine procedures for handling body fluids in the school, home, or school related setting will be formulated and implemented for all school district personnel and will be applicable to transmission concerns for any communicable disease.

Ref: Board Minutes January 14, 1988